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France – Victoria casino, France’s 199th top earning casino, to close its doors in Grasse

By - 4 September 2023

The Victoria casino in Grasse in the Alpes-Maritimes region will close its doors permanently after the Directorate of Public Liberties and Legal Affairs (DLPAJ) of the Ministry of the Interior revoked its gaming authorization, pointing out various shortcomings.

Employees are due to be informed by management of this decision as reported by French casino news service Journal des Casinos. The Grasse casino had been under performing for several months. Last April, the regional chamber of accounts issued a pessimistic report on the establishment highlighting a decline in gross gaming revenue compared to the 2018/2019 financial year before the pandemic and a drop in attendance. A situation made complicated by the deficit of the independent establishment, estimated at €168,000.

In June, employees went on strike to denounce their working conditions and certain dysfunctions (Cf. JDC of June 15, 2023). Finally, at the beginning of July, the mayor of Grasse, Jérôme Viaud, was concerned about proper compliance with the specifications of the public service delegation (JDC of July 6, 2023). The independent Grasse casino is in 199th place in the French casino ranking, with gross gaming revenue of €676,490 during the financial year.

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